Two county Future Farmers of America members are heading to Indianapolis after taking first in events at the Nevada FFA Convention last week.
Both the Lincoln County and Pahranagat Valley FFA chapters were in Reno for the convention. Hundreds of students traveled from counties across Nevada to compete in agricultural career development events, to volunteer and to attend motivational sessions.
Lincoln’s Shayla Mathews took first place overall in Prepared Speaking. Pahranagat’s Kate Hatch won first place in Creed Speaking. Both will represent Nevada in the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis in late October.
Pahranagat’s Novice, Senior Parliamentary Procedure, and Meat Evaluation Teams each placed fourth at the event.
Lincoln’s Farm Business Management Team won second place. The chapter’s Ag Mechanics A-Team took third. And its Rangeland Management Team received third place as well.
The event also marked the completion of Pahranagat’s Laetitia Ray’s year as State President. Her 12 months of service included thousands of miles of travel representing the State FFA Association. She spent many hours, along with her fellow officers, preparing workshops, attending meetings and corresponding with members and advisors. They received training from the State and National FFA that helped them develop leadership and presentation skills.
She recently commented on state FFA Facebook page. “It is amazing how one year can teach and give you so much. Nevada FFA, thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people and to create friendships of a lifetime. Thank you for opening my eyes to the importance of agriculture and for helping me grow in many different ways. God directed my paths to serve Nevada FFA, and I will forever be grateful for that divine guidance. I know FFA changes lives and creates families of strong leaders and I promise that the future starts with FFA. Nevada FFA, I am excited to see where your future leads you.”